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More than 17 percent of carbon dioxide emissions result from forest deforestation, making it the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. And, as the earth’s population increases, the demand for timber continues to grow. Substituting hardwoods for a sustainable alternative would be an easy way to reduce emissions. But how?

Enter bamboo. It grows quickly, needs little water, absorbs carbon dioxide, and survives cutting to grow to harvest again in three to seven years. It also happens to be stronger and more flexible than hardwood. The world hasn’t already switched to bamboo for its timber needs for primarily one reason: a steady and significant supply of raw material to industries that use traditional wood has not been achieved.

EcoPlanet Bamboo has plans to accomplish this and has a vision to make bamboo the timber of the 21st century.

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